‘Kurios’ about Cirque du Soleil?

Kurios -- Aerial Straps with Roman Tomanov and Vitali Tomanov
Kurios — Aerial Straps with Roman Tomanov and Vitali Tomanov

Ever wonder how Cirque du Soleil stays on top as the world’s best show producer for 3 decades?

Let’s take a closer look.

In its 35th creation — Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities — Cirque du Soleil returned to its roots but showed the world that they can still create a successful Cirque by embracing its basic signature moves.

The stage: By narrowing the distance between its artists and the audience, the set designers created the lowest stage of all Cirque du Soleil big top shows at only 24 inches tall, giving the Kurios artists a better proximity with the public.

Antanina Satsura, the artist who plays Mini Lili, is one-meter tall and weighs 18 kg.
Antanina Satsura, who plays Mini Lili, is one-meter tall.

The costumes: If Montreal, Québec-based Cirque were in the business of making films, it should have already claimed a dozen or so golden statues for its impressive costume designs. After seeing Kurios, one must praise the wardrobe team for its unprecedented attention to detail.

The mystical feeling: Kurios gives you a feeling of watching a cabaret show set in the 19th century Russia. It’s Moulin Rouge meets the Soviet of 1920’s.

The performers: Let’s face it. When you attend a Cirque du Soleil show, you know you will see the best of the best talents in acrobatics. Kurios is no exception.

What is the ‘Cabinets of curiosities’? They are the ancestors of museums, also known as cabinet of wonder in the Renaissance Europe. Aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science formed collections of historical relics, works of art or mysterious travel souvenirs or artifacts.

Kurios somehow reminds me of this season’s American Horror Story. If you have watched the first episode of AHS: Freak Show, it would be easier to understand.

The juggling act, conjoined twins and the little lady with dwarfism — all that and more will make you think that Kurios is the live version of the popular FX show.

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is great entertainment for all!
Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is great entertainment for all!

But don’t worry. the only thing nail-biting, nerve-wrecking about Kurios is its outrageous stunts.

Written and directed by Cirque veteran Michel Laprise, who is also well-known for his collaborations with pop legend Madonna on her 2012 Super Bowl spectacle and subsequently directing her MDNA tour, Kurios doesn’t mirror any of AHS’s bloody scenes and is one great entertainment for everyone at all ages.

Kurios will be in Toronto for another 2 week before taking its flight to the Golden State of California for more amazing performances in San Francisco. You can purchase your tickets either by visiting www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios or by calling 1-800-450-1480.